As one of many metropolis’s quickest rising industries, meals truck homeowners at the moment are talking out for adjustments within the metropolis’s codes.
A number of meals truck homeowners spoke out throughout Thursday’s Columbia Metropolis Council examine session, citing the necessity for adjustments within the variety of days they’re allowed to function, and adjustments within the laws of conducting enterprise on non-public property.
Town’s code presently permits meals vans to function 4 days every week, which some homeowners declare is unfair to their companies in comparison with brick and mortar institutions.
“Primarily, I feel all of us have completely different points with what the restrictions and laws on meals vans at the moment are,” Marcus Malone, founding father of Loosewheels meals truck, stated. “The 4 days every week restriction is admittedly the one factor that I’ve a problem with exterior of what’s going on right here. We really feel like we aren’t any completely different than some other restaurant, we simply have wheels.”
Malone additionally complimented sure elements of the town’s laws, primarily the necessity for correct hearth and security code specs. Although, there must be an open dialog about what the town can do to make companies function smoother, particularly when it is performed on non-public property.
“We perceive when it is public property, the primary thoroughfare or on metropolis property that a few of these restrictions match that standards, however after we are on non-public property, after we are leasing and paying for that property, we really feel that we should always be capable of keep there greater than 4 days,” Malone stated.
Timmy Collins, founding father of T&A BBQ meals truck reiterated that his essential problem was additionally the four-day restriction, and that meals vans needs to be handled like some other restaurant enterprise.
“All these different small companies, they are often open as many days as they need,” Collins stated. “I am unable to be open to make the cash I must make as a result of I’ve wheels on my truck. I do not perceive why I needs to be punished simply because I’ve that choice.”
Abe Everett, founding father of Abe’s BBQ Smokehouse and Muletown Pizza, in addition to being a number one advocate for native meals truckers, stated he has introduced this problem to the state degree, and that meals truckers deserve as a lot alternative as different small companies. To him, it is about creating a good and balanced enjoying area the place laws could also be put in place, however that additionally they do not damage some of these companies.
Everett acknowledged that the adjustments being requested started greater than a yr in the past, and thus far nothing has been performed.
“I am not going to do that as one thing that can doubtlessly damage my buddies, opponents or anybody else that comes down the road,” Everett advised council members. “There are people who find themselves having their companies threatened with seizure and fines for doing precisely what I am doing. Please, repair this. It is time, or here is an alternative choice, eliminate it … and cease persecuting your small enterprise homeowners.”
This text initially appeared on The Day by day Herald: Meals truck homeowners communicate out for adjustments in metropolis laws